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Tughans has been particularly active in professional negligence cases, recently defending RPS Group against claims by a building contractor. The group also handles landlord and tenant matters, as well as commercial and contractual disputes. Managing partner Patrick Brown is well known for his procurement litigation expertise. Michael McCord heads the practice.
Michael McCord - Tughans
Northern Ireland: Corporate and commercial
Corporate and M&A
In an illustration of Tughans’ presence in high-profile and high-value transactions, 2015 saw the firm advise longstanding client Totalmobile Holdings on its sale to Lyceum Capital. The team also has a strong following among private equity clients and recently advised Kernel Capital on its investment into Cirdan Imaging Limited. Other highlights included advising the shareholders of Sawyers Transport on its sale to AGRO Merchants. John-George Willis heads the department, which includes Ciara Lagan, who advised Lagan Construction Group on its acquisition of H&J Martin.
John-George Willis - Tughans
Northern Ireland: Finance
Banking and finance
The ‘highly professional’ team at Tughans advises a range of borrowers and lenders including Ulster Bank, Barclays Bank and Diageo. The team recently acted for Bank of Ireland on a syndicated loan facility for Lookers PLC to fund the acquisition of Addison Motor Group. Other clients include investment funds and government bodies including the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment for Northern Ireland. Refinancing and project financing are also areas of expertise. Fearghal O’Loan heads the practice.
Fearghal O’Loan - Tughans
Insolvency and corporate recovery
Toby McMurray leads the ‘professional and timely’ practice at Tughans, which represents banks, administrators and companies in insolvency proceedings. Recent highlights include representing Bank of Ireland in a contentious insolvency dispute with developers Anson Logue and William Moffett, which resulted in a £110m judgment in the client’s favour. Other clients include KPMG.
Toby McMurray - Tughans
Northern Ireland: Human resources
Tughans’ ‘pre-eminent respondent employment department’ has represented major companies in employment disputes. It is also highly active in non-contentious employment matters, recently advising TotalMobile Holdings on employment issues arising from Lyceum Capital Partners’ investment into the client. Practice head Anne Beggan is noted for her ‘encyclopaedic knowledge of the law’.
Anna Beggan - Tughans
Northern Ireland: Insurance
Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant
Tughans defends insurers and corporations in a range of personal injury claims and coverage disputes. Clients include RSA, which the firm represented in multiple road traffic accident claims. Other clients include the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and Thomas Cook. Andrew Anthony leads on clinical negligence cases and the firm also has a specialist fraud team.
Northern Ireland: Projects, energy and natural resources
Project finance and PFI
At Tughans, managing partner Patrick Brown has particular expertise in procurement disputes and has represented major electronics companies. On the non-contentious side the team continues to act on the GAA Casement Park project for Ulster County Council.
Northern Ireland: Real estate
The ‘highly regarded’ Phyllis Agnew leads the property group at Tughans. The team acts on the full range of commercial property acquisitions and related financings, with recent work focusing on the retail sector; in 2015 it advised Obroc Limited Partnership on its £45m sale of Fairhill Shopping Centre. In another highlight the practice acted for investment firm Curlew Capital on the purchase of a former Belfast Metropolitan College building. Other clients include Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Apple Inc. John Mills is also recommended. Tracey Schofield joined A&L Goodbody in May 2016.
John Mills - Tughans
Phyllis Agnew - Tughans
Highlights for the construction practice at Tughans included advising Apple Inc on the development of a new data centre in the Republic of Ireland. Other clients include Ulster Council Gaelic Athletic Association, SQN Capital Management and Northstone. They have also acted on construction negligence claims and energy developments. Tim Kinney has a solid reputation for the non-contentious work and Michael McCord is well known for his contentious expertise.
Michael McCord - Tughans
Planning and environment
Tughans advised Translink on the planning aspects of its redevelopment of a 20-acre site on Great Victoria Street. The practice also advises on retail planning matters for Obroc. Maria O’Loan is they key contact.
Northern Ireland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)
IT and telecoms
Highlights for Tughans included acting for a large software provider on its acquisition of another software company, and advising a major television channel on the employment aspects of its sale. Adrian O’Connell is the name to note.
Adrian O’Connell - Tughans
Tughans is noted for its ‘excellent response times and for the clear and concise quality of its advice’. Adrian O’Connell leads the team, which is particularly strong in the technology sector; recent highlights include acting for Fusion Antibodies on licensing and patent issues. The team also advised Bedeck, a luxury textiles company, on the reorganisation of its IP portfolio.
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Offices in Belfast
- Corporate and commercial : Corporate and M&A
- Dispute resolution
- Finance : Banking and finance
- Finance : Insolvency and corporate recovery
- Human resources : Employment
- Insurance : Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant
- Projects, energy and natural resources : Project finance and PFI
- Real estate : Commercial property
- Real estate : Construction
- Real estate : Planning and environment
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : IT and telecoms
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Intellectual property